TEMPUS INFORMATION DAY (06/10/2012)

6th Tempus IV Call for Proposals

European Union’s Tempus Programme aims at promoting reforms in higher education systems through funding joint projects designed by European universities and higher education establishments from Partner Countries in Western Balkans, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Mediterranean region.

The 6th Call for proposals for Academic Year 2013/2014 shall be announced in mid-October in the framework of Tempus IV (2007-2013). According to the preliminary schedule, the deadline for submission of application shall be set to mid-February 2013, and the results shall be published in early July next year. Implementation of selected projects shall start from 15 October 2013.
Overall budget earmarked by the European Commission for the 5 Central Asian states participating in the 6th Call, totals at EUR 10 mln. The European Commission has decided to complement the regional budget with bilateral allocation of 5 million Euro to fund national Tempus projects involving the HEIs of Uzbekistan.

Types of Tempus actions

Joint Projects (JP) are based on multilateral partnerships between higher education institutions in the EU and the Partner Countries aimed to promote the exchange of knowledge and know-how between EU universities and institutions in the Partner Countries and between Partner Country institutions themselves, as the case may be. Joint Projects are implemented by the institutions themselves and aim at curriculum development, university governance and creating better links between higher education and society at large.

Structural Measures projects (SM) aim to improve Partner Countries’ overall higher education systems, to support implementation of strategic development agenda in the higher education sector, to address issues linked to the reform of governance systems or developing better links between higher education and society at large.

Objectives of the Information Day

  • Provide information about Tempus programme and its activities in Uzbekistan
  • Present the requirements of the 6th Tempus IV (2007-2013) Call along with the results of the previous 5th Call (2011), national and regional priorities
  • Provide practical recommendations on development of project proposals and implementation of projects
  • Present the latest news of Erasmus Mundus II Programme (2009-2013)

Organisers

The Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specilased Education (MHSSE) of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the EC’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), EU Delegation to the Republic of Uzbekistan, National Tempus Office (NTO). The Information Day shall be attended by Mr Klaus Haupt, Head of Tempus Unit representing the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (Brussels, Belgium). A separate session in the afternoon attended by Mr. Antonio Nunes, National Tempus Coordinator in Portugal, shall be dedicated to the discussion of possible areas of cooperation with Portuguese universities.

Participants and the venue

Participants: teaching and administrative staff of all higher education institutions of Uzbekistan; representatives of line ministries and organisations, EU Member State Embassies in Tashkent and international organisations operating in the field of education.

Venue: Tashkent State Institute of Law, Videoconferencing hall; 35 Sayilgokh street (Amir Temur metro station), tel.: +998 71 232 0468 www.tsil.uz

Outcomes of the previous 5th Tempus IV Call

The results of the previous, 5th Tempus Call, were announced on 31 July 2012. By 23 February 2012 a total of 676 applications were received of which only 576 project proposals were left for academic assesmnet. As a result of competitive selection, 108 projects were recommended for funding (as opposed to 63 projects in 2011) including 5 new projects involving higher education institutions from Uzbekistan.

In total, project consortia including Uzbek HEIs have submitted 34 applications, of which 12 were shortlisted for consultations. Implementation of 5 new projects with overall budget in the area of 5.7 mln Euro shall start on 15 October 2012. Two projects are national Joint Projects (between Uzbek and EU institutions) and 3 others are multicounty projects involving Ukraine, Georgia and Central Asian states.

The five new Tempus projects shall involve 25 universities from 13 EU Member States, 8 HEIs from Tashkent (National University of Uzbekistan, Tashkent Institute of Architecture and Construction, Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Melioration, Tashkent State Technical University, Tashkent State Pedagogical University, Tashkent Institute of Automobile and Road Construction, Tashkent University of Information Technology, Tashkent Institute of Textile and Light Industry), 13 HEIs representing 8 regions of the country (Karakalpak State University, Samarkand State University, Samarkand State Institute of Architecture and Construction, Samarkand Agricultural Institute, Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages, Bukhara State University, Urgench State University, Jizzakh Polytechnic Institute, Andijan State University, Namangan State University, Namangan Institute of Engineering and Pedagogics, Termez State University).

Three higher education institutions, namely the Tashkent Institute of Architecture and Construction, the Termez State University and the Andijan State University shall participate in Tempus activities for the very first time thus bringing the number of universities that have ever participated in Tempus project up to 50. The Samarkand State Institute of Architecture and Construction, the Tashkent Automotive Road Institute, the Jizzakh Polytechnic Institute, the Tashkent State Pedagogical University, the Tashkent Institute of Textile and Light Industry, the Namangan State University, the Karakalpak State University and the Namangan Institute of Engineering and Technology are returning participants.

The Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialised Education is a member of 3 new project partnerships.

New projects with involvement of Uzbek HEIs selected in the framework of the 5th Call

  • «GE-UZ: Geoinformatics: enabling sustainable development in Uzbekistan» (National University of Uzbekistan, Tashkent Architecture-Building Institute, Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Meliration, Karakalpak State University, National Center of Geodesy and Cartography, State Unitary Enterprise “Geoinformkadastr”, Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialised Education) 
  • UZWATER: Master program in environmental science and sustainable development with focus on water management for Uzbekistan higher education (National University of Uzbekistan, Tashkent State Technical University, Bukhara State University, Karakalpak State University, Samarkand State University, Samarkand Agricultural Institute, Samarkand State Architectural and Civil Engineering Institute, Urgench State University)
  • ENGITEC: Modernizing higher engineering education in Georgia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan to meet the technology challenge (Tashkent Automotive Road Institute, Bukhara Engineering-Technical Institute of High Technologies, Jizzakh Polytechnic Institute, OJSC Tashkent Tractor Plant)
  • QUEECA: Quality of Engineering Education in Central Asia (Tashkent University of Information Technologies, Tashkent State Technical University, Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialised Education)
  • TuCAHEA: Towards a Central Asian Higher Education Area: Tuning structures and Building Quality Culture (Tashkent State Pedagogical University, Tashkent Institute of Textile and Light Industry, Andijan State University, Karakalpak State University, Namangan State University, Namangan Institute of Engineering and Technology, Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages, Termez State University, Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialised Education).

Tempus IV (2007-2013) in Uzbekistan (1st through 4th Calls)

The Programme started its activities in Uzbekistan in 1994 and a total of 76 projects were funded since then, with an aggregate budget exceeding 24 million Euro.

The fourth phase of Tempus was approved by the European Commission in 2007 and was marked by innovative approaches in programme management along with extended cooperation opportunities.

The four calls in the framework of Tempus IV funded 14 projects involving 24 universities from Uzbekistan, including 10 HEIs located in the capital city and 14 HEIs from 7 different regions of the country (Samarkand, Bukhara, Khorezm, Kashkadarya, Navoi, Andijan and Ferghana regions). A presentation of one of 2 completed projects involving 7 universities from Uzbekistan shall be made as part of the Information Day.

The following are the most active participant universities of Tempus IV: Bukhara State University – 4 projects, Tashkent University of Information Technology, Ferghana Polytechnic Institute, Karshi Engineering and Economics Institute, Urgench State University, Tashkent State Technical University – 3 projects. Teams from the National University of Uzbekistan, Tashkent Institute of Chemical Technology, Samarkand Institute of Agriculture, Samarkand Institute of Economics and Service are involved in two projects. Tashkent State Institute of Culture, Bukhara Engineering Technical Institute of Hi-Tech, Tashkent Institute of Irrigation and Melioration, Westminster International University Tashkent, Tashkent State University of Economics, Andijan Institute of Engineering and Economics, Ferghana State University, University of World Economy and Diplomacy, Karshi State University, Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages, Samarkand State University, Navoi State Institute of Mining, Andijan Institute of Agriculture, Torino Polytechnic University Tashkent have been involved in one Tempus IV project each.

As was the case during Tempus III, universities participating in Tempus IV continue demonstrating strong preference towards projects aiming at improving existing and developing new curricula: most of the projects involving the country’s universities are Curricula Reform Joint Projects.

The list of 50 European universities from 23 Member States is dominated by universities from Italy, Germany and Spain. EU Member States are represented in the list of grant holders (coordinators) as follows: Germany (4 projects), Spain (3 projects), Italy and the UK (2 projects each), Austria, Sweden (1 project each).

The fourth stage of the programme in Uzbekistan saw extended cooperation between partner countries: out of 14 projects funded, 13 consortia included 10 partner countries (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan) that were represented by 62 universities. Out of partner countries cooperating with Uzbek HEIs the closest relations is established with partners from Kazakhstan.

Starting from 2008, the number of non-academic organisations and institutions in the project consortia has greatly improved. A total of 44 non-academic organisations participated in the projects including the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, JSC Uzmetkombinat, CJSC GM Powertrain Uzbekistan, OJSC Fergana-AZOT, JSC Elektrokhimzavod, State Nature Protection Committee, JSC Navoi Azot as well as some other institutions and production enterprises.

Four on-going projects (SWAIN, UNIQTOOL, QAPD, TERSID) have the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialised Education as one of the partners. 


National Tempus Office in Uzbekistan, Tel. +(998) 71 238 99 18/21, Fax + (998) 71 238 58 99, nto@tempus.uz, www.tempus.uz. The publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.